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Simple Eats: When in Alabang

The past few weeks have been spent in Alabang having participated in the St James Bazaar, the biggest bazaar down South with more than 500 vendors participating. This has been somewhat an annual thing with me and my brother. Since we were in the area, we decided to try out 2 restaurants.

PF Chang’s
This famous Chinese restaurant is now in the Philippines with Alabang being its first branch. It is located in the newly constructed area in Alabang Town Center. I love the interiors of the place especially its bar counter area. Unfortunately, aside from the sauces on the table and the Chinese lettuce wrap, I find the food to be overpriced and rather bland with small portion sizes. Food was also served by rather snobbish waiters. Enough to say that I wouldn’t be coming for seconds on my own.

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Outback
Hubby got us Deal Grocer coupons for Outback so we had ALL these and paid a little more extra after the coupon application. Ribs are still excellent. Real fall off the bones type with just the right amount of sauce and taste. So, unfortunately, before pictures were taken, everyone got a bite off it already. Caesar salad had LOTS of shrimps on it! The onion blooms were a disappointment though. It didn’t have that crunchiness and softness combination that I remembered them to have when I previously dined here. And we capped off the whole meal with a dessert sampler. Diet on pause that day but it was well worth it! 🙂

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I’m happy to report that despite all these diet cheats and eating, I’ve managed to lose 10lbs! Woohoo! 6lbs more till I hit pre-pregnancy weight and 5lbs more for pre-engagement levels. Show me some love and encouragement! I can do this! 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in Simple Eats

 

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Simply Shop: Zonta Carnivale Bazaar

As you know, I am a veteran in the bazaar scene. I’ve been joining bazaars for more than 10years already. It’s been a pretty good sideline for me every Christmas. I’ve also organized bazaars for more than 5years. Since I recently gave birth, there was no time to promote a bazaar. Hence, we didn’t organize one and instead we just participated. There are a few bazaars that’s been in the running for a few years. Better to join bazaars with a track record already as you would know what to expect in terms of sales. Aside from St. James, we didn’t join bazaars that ran for more than 3 days. We didn’t have full time staff and we prefer to get a different crowd every weekend, which is good for our items. Anyhow, Zonta Carnivale Bazaar is the last bazaar we joined for the year.

The Zonta bazaar is organized well. The bazaar was designed with a Carnivale theme in mind. Huge masks decorated the entrance of each tent. Ceiling was designed with multi-colored swags and lighted with big glass jars.

There were also LOTS of activities for the shoppers or passers by. People can watch the frisbee competition happening in the nearby field which was sponsored by Zonta. Kids can join the art classes or watch the puppet show (enjoyed the Hansel and Gretel puppet show). Flowing from the Carnivale theme, there were also carnival entertainers – fire eaters, jugglers, and others.

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The placement of the food area was also very intuitive. They were placed at the far end of the football field or at the tail end of the bazaar. In other words, before you can reach the food area, you would have gone around the bazaar area. Good for sellers! There were interesting food finds also at the food area.

1. Downtown Philly Steak – Thought this was a good idea. Food trucks in the US have this same idea and it clicked. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t up to par. The meat wasn’t tender and seasoned well.

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2. USDA certified beef tapa – Heard it was good so I gave this a try. The beef used is definitely good quality. It was seasoned well. Combined with the egg and garlic rice, this is my idea of a good breakfast.

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For shops, here are some of the interesting items I found –

1. Temp Alert – A patented patch is attached to the clothes and changes color once heat or fever is detected. Bought a 3 piece set for Warren (onesie, pajama and long sleeve overall suit) for Php995.00 only. They also have other baby products such as the Agoo Pads and teething wipes. Yellow Mustard Seed: http://www.yellowmustardseed.multiply.com

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2. Cienta Shoes – Ranging from Php1200 – Php1500, these shoes are trendy. Nice gifts for moms who want their kids to be fashion foot forward. Cienta Kids Shoes: http://www.cientashoes,ph

3. Ylla Shoes – Made from Abacca and soft cow leather, these shoes are super comfy. The flats are just Php995.00. Ylla Shoes: http://www.yllashoes.com

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4. Organizers – For the travel buffs. These organizers are space savers. They have shirt (Php400), pants (Php400) and underwear organizers (Php300).

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5. Convertible Kimonos / tops – La Tercerra offers fashionable tops. Just put it over a plain tee and you’re all set for the office or for a party.Add them up on facebook via La Tercera Online.

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6. Yoga mats, straps and bags – For the yoga enthusiast, this store is the one for them. They carried these cute yoga items and tote bags.

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7. Cute Tote Bags – Aren’t these cute? Comes in tons of designs. For just PHP300.00, these are ideal gifts for kids and teens and for the kids at heart. 🙂

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8.T-shirts – There were tons of uber cute t-shirts to choose from. Couldn’t help but take a picture of this one for Hubby. 🙂

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9. Sailboat / Raceboat – I would have gotten this for you DAD but since you’re afraid of the water and flying, I didn’t buy it! 🙂 For PHP2.8M, this sailboat comes with living quarters. Sail the seas with this baby. 🙂

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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in Shop

 

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Shop: Greenmeadows Bazaar and Zonta Bazaar

Last bazaar weekend! We’ll be joining 2 bazaars again – The Zonta Bazaar at the Cuenca Community Center and the Greenmeadows Xmas Rush Bazaar. Catch us there!

Zonta Alabang Christmas Carnivale Bazaar

The Greenmeadows Xmas rush bazaar offers FREE Gift wrapping (includes gift wrapper, gift tag and labor). Simply get a stub from us when you purchase. Also, raffles will be given every hour! The bazaar has over 120 stalls to choose from so you’d definitely get your Christmas rush shopping completed. See you all there!

Greenmeadows Xmas Rush Bazaar

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Business, Shop

 

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